Since achieving historic lows, the rates of many sexually transmitted infections has been increasing in the United States. The problem is highlighted by the continued emergence of antibiotic resistance in Neisseria gonorrhoeae.
According to a new report, serious gaps exist in the research pipeline regarding the development of prevention and treatment options for sexually transmitted infections such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis.
Pregnant women should be tested for infection at first provider visit
October 25, 2018
Cases of congenital syphilis have more than doubled since 2013, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. All pregnant women should visit a healthcare provider as soon as possible to be tested for syphilis, but one test may not be enough to catch all cases.
2.3 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis were reported in 2017
October 25, 2018
Nearly 2.3 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis were diagnosed in the United States in 2017, preliminary data indicate. This number surpasses the previous high level in 2016 and marks the fourth consecutive year of sharp increases in sexually transmitted infections.
More than 2 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis were reported in the United States in 2016, the highest number ever. Most of the new diagnoses were attributed to chlamydia (about 1.6 million), with 470,000 cases of gonorrhea and almost 28,000 cases of primary and secondary syphilis.
Research analyzing trends in the nation’s emergency departments indicates low rates of HIV and syphilis screening among teens diagnosed with pelvic inflammatory disease, despite the high risk for such infections. Data also suggest low rates of adherence to national treatment guidelines.
More than 2 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis were reported in the United States in 2016, the highest number ever, according to the latest surveillance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
There are more reported cases of primary and secondary syphilis in the United States now than there have been in more than 20 years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a call to action to reverse the trend.
Unfortunately, adolescents are at increased risk for sexually transmitted infections secondary to high-risk sexual behavior, victims of commercial sexual exploitation, or sexual experimentation. The consequences can be devastating in the long term. Clinicians must maintain a high degree of suspicion and sensitivity (since most teenagers are reluctant to seek medical care and may not share all the information the clinician needs) to make this diagnosis, minimize complications, and optimize outcome for this vulnerable population.